What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, July 3
- A CNN analysis of policies across 18 nations has shown that most of the countries that have now been designated by the European Union as having the epidemic under control only started easing their regulations after seeing sustained drops in daily new cases of Covid-19.
- The new mutation makes the virus more likely to infect people but does not seem to make them any sicker than earlier variations of the virus, an international team of researchers reported yesterday.
- But a team at Henry Ford Health System in Michigan said yesterday its study of 2,541 hospitalized patients found that those given hydroxychloroquine were much less likely to die.
- The city-state is facing a new public health crisis with more than 14,000 dengue cases reported since the start of the year.
Rocketing Covid-19 infections expose Trump's callous claim pandemic is 'handled'
- Texas, Florida and Arizona -- Republican-run states that most aggressively embraced Trump's impatient demands to get the economy open again -- are heading into what one expert warned is a viral threat that is approaching "apocalyptic" levels.
- Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, one of Trump's most aggressive partners in pushing toward swift economic openings that defied US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, is insisting he won't close down the economy even though his state recorded a new record of 10,000 new cases on Thursday.
- Trump did not stay to answer questions about the virus, but left Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow to downplay scary warnings by the government's top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci that the virus is surging and could produce case counts of 100,000 new infections per day.
Nuclear ‘Power Balls’ May Make Meltdowns a Thing of the Past
- Yet once the Department of Energy started throwing its support behind companies developing small high-temperature reactors in 2015 with the launch of the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear program, it looked like triso fuel’s time had come.
- And it wasn’t until last October that BWXT announced that it was restarting its triso production line to supply fuel to the next generation of high-temperature nuclear reactors that will come online in the next few years.
- “And when you start with a reactor that can’t melt, your safety case completely changes.” This is part of the reason why the Department of Defense inked a deal with both X-energy and BWXT this year to develop a small mobile nuclear reactor for remote military bases and why NASA is considering triso fuel for nuclear powered spacecraft.
How scientists know COVID-19 is way deadlier than the flu
- Using a more sophisticated calculation called the infection-fatality rate, paired with the past few months’ worth of data, the latest best estimates show that COVID-19 is around 50 to 100 times more lethal than the seasonal flu, on average.
- This statistical tool uses data on known infections, including best estimates for undiagnosed and asymptomatic cases, to put numbers on how likely it is for an infected person to die from the disease.
- Using a statistical model, epidemiologists at Columbia University estimated the infection-fatality rate for New York City based on its massive outbreak from March 1 to May 16.
- In an informal analysis published on Medium, Meyerowitz-Katz compared the infection-fatality rates from influenza to several calculated around the world so far for COVID-19.
- Using the handful of studies that have calculated infection-fatality rates for seasonal flu, Meyerowitz-Katz determined that somewhere between 1 and 10 people die for every 100,000 that are infected.
Hundreds of thousands more could die from coronavirus in Latin America
- That was the headline at this week's press briefing by the Pan American Health Organization, citing modeling by the University of Washington that predicts more than 438,000 total deaths across the region through the end of September.
- The eight most populous countries in Latin America and the Caribbean -- Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile and Ecuador -- make up more than 82% of the region's population.
- But health officials are concerned about some of the other smaller countries like Costa Rica, which has seen its case total more than double in the last month.
- Peru and Chile have recorded the sixth and seventh most confirmed cases of the virus worldwide, with a combined total of nearly 600,000.
- On Thursday, Peru marked its sixth consecutive day when the number of people discharged from hospitals was higher than the number of new cases.
How Cuba and Uruguay are quashing coronavirus as neighbours struggle
- As coronavirus cases soar in the US, Brazil and other countries in the Americas, some countries have found strategies to contain the virus and limit deaths.
- More than 5 million confirmed cases of covid-19 and nearly 250,000 related deaths have been reported in the Americas as of 29 June, around half of the world total.
- Before the first reported case, Cuba’s government dispatched teams of doctors, nurses and medical students door-to-door asking about respiratory symptoms and educating the public on the disease.
- It also has land borders, including a busy border with Brazil, South America’s coronavirus hotspot with more than a million reported cases to date.
- Uruguay’s government asked the WHO for best practice on testing and for lessons learned elsewhere, says Escalante.
- Uruguay had conducted 162 tests per new case of covid-19 as of 26 June, the highest number for any country in South America.
The Gear That's Getting Us Through Quarantine
- This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED service editor Alan Henry and WIRED senior writer Adrienne So join the show to talk about the gadgets, media, and lifestyle adjustments that have helped them get through quarantine so far.
- Adrienne recommends the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet and the show The Expanse.
- So the thing that I was going to recommend is, the new Amazon Fire Kids tablet.
- I was going to recommend something a little more exciting, but if I had to recommend the one thing that is getting all four of us through a workday, it's probably a Kid tablet.
- AH: So it took quarantine, and me sitting around at my computer and taking phone calls and things a lot, for me to really get into true wireless earbuds.
Singapore is on track to face its worst dengue outbreak in history
- More than 14,000 dengue cases have been reported in the city-state since the start of the year, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA).
- The total number for the whole year is expected to exceed the 22,170 cases reported in 2013 -- the largest dengue outbreak in Singapore's history, the agency said.
- The warmer months from June to October are traditionally peak dengue season in the city state, due to accelerated development of the Aedes mosquito and the shorter incubation period of the Dengue virus.
- Another potential factor that worsened the dengue outbreak this year, Luo said, could be the lockdown measures imposed for coronavirus.
- The NEA said it had observed a five-fold increase in the incidents of mosquito larvae detected in homes and common corridors in residential areas during the two-month circuit breaker period, compared to the two months prior.
Mandatory testing urged in Melbourne's virus battle
- Business and medical experts are calling for mandatory COVID-19 testing in Victoria to contain the coronavirus outbreak after the Andrews government revealed 10,000 people in hotspots have refused to be tested.
- As Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews came under pressure to sack his health minister over Victoria's failed pandemic response, the business community warned quick action was needed to protect jobs in the rest of the state or risk derailing the Prime Minister's plans for economic recovery.
- Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said that people's reasons for refusing tests included "believing that coronavirus is a conspiracy or that it won't impact on them" while experts warned the message was not getting through to multicultural communities in Melbourne's north-west corridor.
- A COVID-19 case was confirmed in Sydney on Thursday, after a Balmain man was released from hotel quarantine in Melbourne, despite earlier testing positive to the virus.
30 years ago, he was wrongfully convicted of murder. Now police have apologized for forcing him to make a false confession
- Seoul, South Korea (CNN) - South Korean police have admitted using violence to extract a false confession from a man who spent 20 years in prison for the rape and murder of a 13-year-old.
- Yoon -- whose full name is not being published due to a South Korean law that protects the privacy of suspects and criminals -- was the only person ever convicted of the so-called Hwaseong murders, one of South Korea's most infamous serial killing cases.
- He was released in 2008 after spending 20 years in prison for the rape and murder of a 13-year-old in 1988, with police suspecting that the case was a copycat killing.
- On Thursday, Gyeonggi Nambu Provicial Police Agency chief Bae Yong-ju said authorities had concluded 57-year-old Lee Chun-jae was responsible for all 10 killings that took place between 1986 and 1991 in Hwaseong, then a rural area near the South Korean capital Seoul.